Meanwhile, In Iowa

Why organize?

Rather than raise the minimum wage, Iowa proposes to allow 14-year old children to work in a slaugterhouse, or in demolitions, or as roofers, or as miners (minors?).

The WaPo:

As local economies grapple with a tightening labor market, some state legislatures are looking to relax child labor protections to help employers meet hiring needs.

It’s part of a persistent trend in labor economics, experts say. When employers struggle to find talent, many prefer to hire younger, cheaper workers rather than increase pay and benefits to attract adults.

Got that? Hire kids and pay them little. The Koch Industries are getting all tingly in their demonic nether regions.

Legislators in Iowa and Minnesota introduced bills in January to loosen child labor law regulations around age and workplace safety protections in some of the country’s most dangerous workplaces. Minnesota’s bill would permit 16- and 17-year-olds to work construction jobs. The Iowa measure would allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work certain jobs in meatpacking plants.

And if you are asking what could make this worse, Iowa does not disappoint:

The Iowa proposal would also expand hours teenagers can work during the school year, and would shield businesses from civil liability if a youth worker is sickened, injured or killed on the job.

If we kill your 14-year old, well, they died for Capitalism, and you should feel proud and pop out another cog for the machine, ladies. And have we mentioned Iowa also plans to force you to have your rapist’s baby? They’ve got a turn-key solution for those slaughterhouses.

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13 Responses to Meanwhile, In Iowa

  1. Jimmy T says:

    Yeah, forced child labor is immoral and should remain illegal. Found this short video on…


  2. And somehow they keeps wondering why all the youts get the fuck out of these red state shitholes as soon as they can possibly flee…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Richard says:

      Maybe that’s just how they are. Who am i to judge? But you never hear about people pulling up stakes and moving to Iowa to follow their dreams. There must be a reason for that.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. sos says:

    If we kill your 14-year old, well, they died for Capitalism

    Those machine won’t lubricate themselves. So, while you’re watering the tree of liberty spill a little over here…

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Batman 54 says:

    Those Republican mofo’s, they really know how to solve problems. Unfortunately, every one of their solutions means 99.9% of the people are going to get flucked.

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  5. roket says:

    The percentage of money these child laborers earn that they get to keep may vary also too.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. skinnydennis says:

    Can’t find a link, but Sarah Silverman and Roy Wood Jr did a number on child labor, last nite on The Daily Show.


  7. beckymaenot says:

    This- from the department of labor:

    AUSTIN, TX – A federal investigation has found an Austin landscape supply company, where a 17-year-old employee suffered serious injuries in a forklift incident in June 2021, allowed them to work in hazardous and prohibited occupations in violation of federal child labor law.

    Details here:


  8. beckymaenot says:

    And this one too:
    SCHNECKSVILLE, PA – On a Tuesday afternoon in the summer of August 2022, federal workplace safety inspectors responded to a police report that a 17-year-old worker had suffered fatal injuries after being pulled into a woodchipper at a work site near Allentown…

    OSHA investigation determined that the teen’s employer – a Lehigh Valley tree service company owned and operated by Adam Atiyeh – could have prevented the incident by following required federal safety standards.

    OSHA learned that the young worker was partially pulled into a woodchipper as he fed entangled material into the machine on Aug. 9, 2022, at a Schnecksville site and later died from his injuries. Investigators were told the company had allowed three minor-aged workers to operate the woodchipper, a hazardous occupation forbidden by federal child labor laws.

    details here:

    But sure- go ahead- let those kids work in the danger zone. Assholes.


  9. Sirius Lunacy says:

    You want child care? We’ll give you child care! Not just free child care but paid child care. Your local meat packing plant will take such good care of your child that they might just take care of him once and for all, with the wonderful bonus of being shielded from civil liability.


  10. Martin Pollard says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but wouldn’t federal child labor laws kinda, you know, supersede any of these state laws? Is this a real danger, or simply more performance theater from the GQP Death Cult™?


    • MDavis says:

      Refer to Roe v. Wade.
      States legislation is their wish list. Legal objections work their way up the court levels with the hope of getting the green light in a federal court, a sort of activism by court.


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